2013 JBF Leadership Award Winner Cynthia Hayes

 

Cynthia Hayes
Executive Director, Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON)

 

Cynthia Hayes spent many childhood summers on her family’s tobacco farm in Kentucky and fondly recalls the “stinky pile” that existed in the corner of her uncle’s field. “He was composting,” she says with a laugh. “We just weren’t calling it that back then.”

 

The visionary environmentalist, who started the Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON) approximately five years ago, encountered a series of roadblocks, among them many people who asked her why African-American row croppers would consider such a niche market. “Why wouldn’t they?” she remembers asking in response. “When you look historically and culturally at black farmers, they were originally organic producers. But they were also out of the loop in terms of... Read more >

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Mindful Snacking: Alternatives To Your Favorite Food Vices

 

“I can’t stand when someone says they want some ice cream and someone will tell them to have some celery sticks—that is nothing like ice cream!” says Lisa Sasson, professor of nutrition at New York University’s School of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. “We often have urges for certain types of foods,” she says. “You might want something crunchy and salty or cold and refreshing,” says Sasson, adding that if you make yourself something that is closer to what you crave, you’re more likely to be satisfied. “So if someone is in the mood for ice cream, something else that’s creamy or cool might do.” And if you have a hankering for something salty and crunchy like chips or puffs, will baby carrots do the trick? “If you dip the carrots into something like a spiced yogurt dip,” according to Sasson, “that could satisfy that urge for... Read more >

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Watch Live: 2013 JBF Food Conference


Our fourth annual JBF Food Conference starts today! This year's theme is "The Paradox of Appetite: Hungering for Change." We'll be streaming all of our speakers and panelists live all day, so please join us and watch here. 

 

You can find more information and see the full agenda here. An archive of all talks and panels lives here. Join the conversation by commenting here or tweeting using the hashtag #jbfleads

 

 

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JBF on the Air: Kevin West

 

On this week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis invited author Kevin West on the air to discuss his new book, Saving the Season. In his comprehensive guide to at-home canning, pickling, and preserving, West offers poignant stories, thoughtful guidance, and 220 recipes for jams, pickles, cordials, cocktails, candies, and more. From Scotch marmalade to green tomato chutney to pickled asparagus with tarragon and green garlic, Saving the Season is the ultimate resource for novices and professionals alike. Listen below to learn more:

 

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Wine Wisdom: Sustainable Winemaking with Merry Edwards

Merry Edwards on sustainable winemaking

 

2013 JBF Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional Award winner Merry Edwards is a longtime champion of sustainable winemaking. We caught up with Edwards (who is also curating the wine pairings for our gala this fall) to discuss her pioneering work at her eponymous Russian River Valley property.

 

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JBF: Can you give us a specific example of how a sustainable practice in your vineyards ultimately affects the quality of your wine?

 

ME: We use organic mushroom compost, a by-product from our neighbor, Gourmet Mushroom, as a supplement. In some vineyards, we apply the material on a vine-by-vine basis. It evens out the vines’ growth, giving us consistent vine size and ripening. Much of our farming energy is focused on this end result.

 

JBF: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced when implementing green practices at the winery?

 

ME: We wanted to operate... Read more >

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Consuming Appetites

The 2013 JBF Food Conference will explore the role appetite plays in sustainability and public health

 

Hunger is not a feeling I know. But appetite consumes me.

 

Despite an occasional pang here and there, I have never been hungry, because I have access to more than enough food to sustain me. For the most part that food is of the highest quality, grown in accordance with the most sustainable practices, and prepared to exacting standards.

 

I am not hungry, but I have a near insatiable appetite. I want to try this new restaurant. I want to taste that heirloom tomato. I want to finish the entire pot. Far from needing to find what to eat, my personal struggle is to find how to stop. This is a battle I often lose. Still, I am lucky.

 

Appetite is desire.

 

We eat and shop and strive to attain the things we want for reasons beyond need. Sociologists, psychologists, philosophers, even... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Alex Stupak

Alex Stupak on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On this week’s episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis welcomed Alex Stupak, the chef/owner of New York City’s Empellón Cocina and Empellón Taqueria, for a discussion of his unique approach to cross-cultural cooking. At his popular restaurants, Alex has garnered widespread acclaim for his progressive, innovative spin on Mexican cuisine. By staying dedicated to the fundamental culinary techniques and applications that are native to Mexico, but often using unconventional ingredients, his approach yields unexpected interpretations of authentic flavors. Listen below to learn more!

 

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Q & A with Carolyn Steel, Author of Hungry City

Carolyn Steel is a 2013 JBF Food Conference speaker

 

Continuing our series of interviews with featured speakers and panelists at this year’s JBF Food Conference, we got in touch with Carolyn Steel, author of Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives. Steel’s concept of “sitopia” (food-place) has gained wide recognition in the emergent field of food urbanism. A London-based architect, lecturer and writer, Steel has been a visiting lecturer and design tutor at Cambridge, London Metropolitan and Wageningen Universities, as well as at the London School of Economics. Steel writes and broadcasts regularly on food, architecture and urbanism, and is in international demand as a speaker. In a few weeks, Carolyn will be taking the JBF Food Conference stage for a talk entitled, "The Hardscape of Appetite".

 

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JBF: Tell us about your participation in this year’s conference and how you plan to interpret the theme of... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Anya Von Bremzen

Anya Von Bremzen on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis welcomed Anya Von Bremzen, food writer, author, and contributing editor at Travel + Leisure magazine. The pair discussed her latest book, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing, which tells the story of life in the vanished empire known as the U.S.S.R. and how every edible morsel was packed with emotional and political meaning. To learn more about Anya's book, how taste in Russia has evolved over the past decade, and how Moscow's growing economic power has influenced its food scene, listen below.

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